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A Real Estate Agent can make the selling process easier

A Real Estate Agent can make the selling process easier

A Real Estate Agent can help make the selling process stress free

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A Real Estate Agent can make the selling process easier
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Selling your house can seem scary, even when it means you are starting fresh. For anyone planning to sell their home soon, the right real estate agent can make selling your home a little less stressful – and prepare you for moving into a new place!

1)  Work with someone who knows what they’re doing.

Working with a real estate agent, who knows the housing market, can be incredibly valuable. It’s useful to speak with someone who understands the housing market and can help you make your home the best it can be, and it has the advantage of taking a lot of work and stress off of your shoulders than if you had to do it all by yourself.

2)  Change your perspective.

What would you like to see in a home as the buyer? What do you find welcoming in a home? What do you see as a deal-breaker for why you wouldn’t buy a place? Take into consideration how strangers coming into your home would feel so that you can know what to expect from the perspective of potential buyers, and so that you can make appropriate and necessary changes to your home from there.  Here, your real estate agent may be able to offer some advice.

3)  Enlist help.

This is tied to number two, Change your perspective. Maybe the only thing that your home really needs is a good paint job and some tidying up. In that case, it’s handy to speak with your friends, family or your real estate agent. If someone you know loves to paint, ask them to help you with that big job. This can be a fun way to spend time together during the busy period of selling your home, and the result will be freshly-painted walls appealing to potential buyers in any type of housing market.

4)  Think ahead and prepare for the future.

Do you already have a new home lined up? Are you still searching the housing market with your real estate agent? It pays to have an idea of when you would like to move out. Get your boxes and arrange for the movers so that you are well-prepared in advance for getting out of the home in a timely fashion rather than in a rush. You can even pack up some smaller things to make your home appear less cluttered (and thus more visually appealing for potential buyers), which will help you in case there ends up being a fast turnover for moving.

5)  Devote enough time to this experience.

If you are trying to sell your home, plan a wedding, and make a major career transition all at the same time, it’s going to be very difficult to not be stressed out! We don’t always have the luxury of taking time off work or planning far in advance before we enter the housing market, but if you do, it is definitely going to benefit you to ensure you have time set aside to work with your real estate agent, beautify your home, and make the necessary transactions and fill in the paperwork.


Sagan Morrow owns an open-concept condo in Winnipeg’s Exchange District and loves downtown living. By night she writes the blog Living Healthy in the Real World and is the Executive Director for The Food Label Movement; by day, she coordinates the Dig In local food campaign for Food Matters Manitoba. She enjoys taking in the theatre and art culture of downtown Winnipeg during her spare time.

 

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How a successful home stager can help sell your home

How a successful home stager can help sell your home

Traits of a successful home stager

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How a successful home stager can help sell your home
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Erik Braunitzer of Douglas Elliman Real Estate Company.

Today’s challenging real estate market makes a successful and effective home stager critically important. One highly effective sales tactic in the Manhattan real estate market is to have a property staged appealingly for a gala party that many other real estate companies are invited to. In this way, the “word” gets out about the property and many more potential buyers are contacted about its availability. But it takes a successful home stager to set up something so elegant and detailed as a gala.

Below is a list of traits that certainly help differentiate a successful home stager from one that may not be ready for such a task.

Imagery is Everything

The way a property is initially presented will have a lasting impact on potential buyers. The image of a property and the feel of the space will impact buyers immediately. If a property does not feel good or look appealing, a buyer will be quickly turned off. A successful home stage will know how to appropriately capitalize on creating an appealing, warm and interesting presentation for a home.

 

Curiosity

A successful home stager in the Manhattan real estate market will be quite curious about the property. There are an enormous number of variations of living spaces in Manhattan. Some properties offer roof top gardens, swimming pools and doormen. The varieties and histories of the various properties are endless. A good home stager will take the unique aspects of the property into account as he or she prepares it to be shown.

 

Professionalism

Of course, a successful home stage must be very professional. There are often difficulties in preparing a property for the initial showing to other brokers and potential buyers. A home stager who loses his or her cool, or who is difficult to work with, will make the process much less enjoyable and less successful. An effective home stager will know how to get things done in an efficient manner, without impeding cooperative working relationships among all of the interested parties.

 

Sustainable Efforts and Rewards

A good home staging will yield great rewards. For example, if a home stager is being asked to prepare a home to be shown to a young couple with a baby on the way, landscaping the yard and baking chocolate chip cookies in the oven during the time of the showing will lend a sense of comfort and a feeling of home to the prospective couple. These staging techniques are affordable, sustainable and may generate quick and lucrative rewards.

 

Resourcefulness

A great home stager will also display ample amounts of resourcefulness. Many upscale homes will have a certain flare or flavor. Capitalizing on that initial style with additional appropriately matched unique pieces of furniture and artwork may increase the offer on a property by several thousand dollars. The “feel” of a home that is shown to a potential buyer will either pique a buyer’s interest or diminish it. The resourcefulness of a home stager, in acquiring and setting the stage for a successful showing with beautiful decor, can go a long way towards obtaining a lucrative offer on a property in the Manhattan real estate market.

A successful home stager will demonstrate a number of important traits when he or she is preparing a property to be shown to prospective buyers. A great home stager will be professional, resourceful and curious. He or she will also be aware that the image and context within which the buyer sees the property is critically important to the buying process. An effective home stager will also make a sustainable effort towards keeping the property in top showing condition, in order to generate lucrative financial rewards for all involved parties.

 

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Selling your house or condo? 8 truths home stagers know

8 things Home Stagers know

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Have you noticed that home stagers are becoming more popular?  More people are hiring them when they want to get a really good price for their house or condo.  The reason is because home stagers know what buyers want and they can help you pay attention to the details of your home so that buyers will fall in love with it.

Here are some of the things that home stagers know:

1.     Buyers fall in love with their first impressions. If the front of your house looks great you have likely seen people drive by over and over again when there is a “For sale” sign in front of the house.  They finally come to see the inside for themselves because they’ve fallen in love with the outside.  If you see people drive by once and then never see them again, you know that the front of your house needs some work.  Water and mow the grass regularly, add some potted plants or some flowers, clean the driveway – you’ll find these small details can make a big difference.

2.     Buyers want to feel like they could move in immediately. Wild or overly bright paint colors do not appeal to everyone.  You may love the zebra border along the top of the walls but it is not everyone’s taste so get rid of it.  Paint the walls a neutral color that most people could live with.

3.     Buyers love light. If the walls are too dark the room will feel cave-like to most people so make sure walls are painted a light color.  Also, replace heavy drapes with lighter sheers and raise the blinds to let in the daylight.

4.     Buyers feel better about a home that not only looks clean but smells clean. Make sure that you keep the house clean, as if the Queen of England could be dropping by at any minute.  Remember that people will be looking in cupboards and closets so these should be clean, too.  And above all, it should smell clean.  If the place smells clean, people tend to believe that it is cleaner than appearances suggest.

5.     Buyers do not like clutter. Clutter can make the largest of homes seem small so before you start showing your home it might be a good idea to store larger furniture and pack away collectibles and other personal items like trophies.  The more counter space they see, the bigger the house seems to them.

6.     Buyers like to see newer furnishings. If your furnishings are older consider storing your furniture and renting newer pieces while the house is showing.  Newer furniture reflects better on the home and appeal to more buyers.

7.     Buyers like to see what the house looks like with art on the walls. If you don’t already have artwork that has a general appeal or you don’t have any artwork consider renting or buying some contemporary pieces.

8.     Buyers don’t want to think about replacing fixtures. If your lights, cabinet pulls and other things are outdated, replacing them can be an inexpensive way of giving a room a fresh and updated look.

If you’re thinking of selling your home, take some of the tips from home stagers.  It will likely mean more money in your pocket in the end.

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Preparing your Winnipeg home for showings by real estate agents

Preparing your Winnipeg home for showings by real estate agents

Making sure your home shows it’s best

 

There is an old saying that goes: “Your home is never more exciting than the first couple of weeks on the market”. So when you put your home on the market (and I mean the REAL MARKET, by LISTING IT with a REALTOR®), make sure that your home shows it’s best.  Because here is a bit of reality: About 80% of your total showings are going to happen in the first 5 days…… Here is why:

When you put your house on the market, there are any number of potential buyers who have been waiting for YOUR HOME. And they will rush in to see your home in the first few days, checking it out to see if it’s worth competing for. If the buyers find fault with your home, they simply move on to the next one and MAY NEVER RETURN.
So it’s very important to have your home as ‘show-worthy’ as possible. Here are a couple of simple tips to get you started:

1) Clean Clean Clean

Counters, bathrooms, carpets, lights, windows. Kitchen cupboards, sinks and the garage. Clean everything. Don’t leave buyers with a bad impression.

2) Declutter

Kitchen counters should be empty, except for perhaps those Tea-Sugar-Flour-Coffee canisters. Less furniture is better than too much. Box up everything you don’t need. You could designate a room in the basement as the ‘junk room’ and move extra stuff into there.

3) Paint

If there are any areas where the paint is fading or flaking, paint it. Stay away from the wild colors and stick to earthy, neutral tones. That “Bright Red” kitchen wall looks funky in a magazine, but is not everyone’s cup of tea.

4) Be out of the house (or condo)

During the showing, try to be out of the house.  Many buyers feel uneasy about really looking at your house, opening cupboards and looking in closets, with the home owner standing over them.  Even in this hot market, the home owners should make sure that the buyers feel comfortable and at ease.

5) Remove Pets

Not everyone loves pets….in fact, some people are allergic to them.  So its best to remove them, and in fact try to remove all evidence of them.  If you can have them stay at relatives for a few days, thats even better.

When you buy a home, it’s the visuals that count. To sell your home faster you may want to stage your furniture and belongings to help give your home more personality. Generally, a less cluttered space is more appealing when you’re selling a home.

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Home Staging Tip #1: Air Quality, Pets and Odours

Home Staging Tip #1: Air Quality, Pets and Odours

Home Staging Quick Tip #1: Air Quality, Pets and Odours

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Home Staging Tip #1: Air Quality, Pets and Odours
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Even in a hot real estate market such as Winnipeg, home buyers DO have choices. In order to get the most money possible for their houses or condos, home sellers are starting to pay attention to home staging. A very popular trend in Ontario, where it is estimated that 1 in 4 homes are staged prior to going on the market. Home staging does not have to involve professional help or cost thousands of dollars, it could simply be a matter of touching up some paint, decluttering, arranging the furniture in a certain way and other simple suggestions. Remax has created a 10-part video series to help house and condo sellers stage their own homes. Lets take a look at the first video in this series:

Home Staging: Air Quality

In this short video, home sellers are encouraged to take a closer look (or sniff) at the air quality in their homes. Is yours an older home, suffering from mold or mildew issues? Do you enjoy cooking spicy foods on an regular basis? Do you smoke inside the home? All of these issues can seriously and negatively affect the sale of your home.

Pet Odors

Pets can be another issue affecting air quality. Does your doggie smell? Does your cat shed a lot of hair, which can trigger a potential buyers allergies? Suggestion: Remove the pets prior and during the showings.

Holiday Celebrations

This home staging video also reminds us that home buyers come in all ethnic and religious denominations. So if you are selling your home during the Christmas Season, for example, you might consider keeping the christmas decorations to a minimum. Buyers need to be able to visualize themselves in this home.

 

Please enjoy this Home Staging Video

 

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